The news that “password” is no longer the most common password for users might seem like good news to IT managers. Maybe it’s a sign that they’re finally beginning to take security seriously? That they’re finally devoted to protecting information?
Encrypting data and setting a strong password are two keys to protecting information security. But here’s an easy way to make both those security measures completely useless:
IT departments put a lot of effort into training users and installing firewalls and antivirus software to keep hackers from accessing company’s network via desktop PCs. But there are other devices with vulnerabilities that can threaten network security – for example, multifunction office printers.
Most companies have some sort of password creation policy in place to keep users from choosing simple codes such as “12345″ or “password” to protect sensitive company documents. But not all of those policies actually result in strong passwords.
Facebook can be a boon for a company’s business or an individual’s career. But it can also be a security threat, or – as politicians have proved – a major source of embarrassment.
A recent dust-up at an elementary school provides a valuable lesson about good password management: